…by Jodi Picoult.
25 year old Sage Singer is a baker by profession. This suits her just fine as she spends her nights working at Our Daily Bread and her days away from people. Well, most people except her grief counselling group and her boyfriend Adam. Who also happens to be married and have a family on the side. Through the grief group and consequently at the bakery, Sage establishes an unusual friendship with 90-something year old Josef Weber. Josef is very much loved in the community for being a retired German teacher and coaching Little League. But Josef has an unusual request. He wants Sage to help him die. And he also discloses something to her that throws her world completely out of order: he used to be a Nazi SS officer. Sage’s grandmother Minka is a Holocaust survivor.
Can you truly forgive someone who has committed such heinous acts?
Can a person truly show remorse and change after all these years?
Can Sage actually kill Josef and if so, is it out of revenge or justice?
Can you actually forgive someone if you weren’t the one they committed their wrongs against?
Jodi Picoult once again weaves a beautiful masterpiece with dilemmas and several twists and turns. At one point you feel for Josef and yet at another, you find it hard to forgive him for what he’s done. Your heart breaks as Minka recounts her years in Auschwitz and life as a Jew under Hitler’s reign. It’s classic Jodi Picoult in that she gets you to feel for each character and question your own morals. It all builds up to a climactic and unexpected ending. One that is more reminiscent of her earlier works.
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